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ABC ARTS explores gender bias with new documentary STEP INTO PARADISE

Know My Name addresses historical gender bias in the arts by presenting a celebration of women across diverse creative practices. Iconic fashion designers Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson are two such women, their pioneering style created a bold and unashamedly Australian fashion identity.

For the best part of 50 years, Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson have shared a passionate love affair with Australia. An affair that bound them in the most extraordinary and enduring friendship and a creative collaboration that defined a generation. No other creative pairing has had such a lasting impact on Australian fashion, our design identity and our sense of self.

Jenny and Linda embraced the vibrancy of a unique landscape and elevated icons of Australiana tourist kitsch, to the height of fashion and art. They observed this vast country with wit, irreverence and astonishing imagination to create a fashion story like no other. And then they gifted it to the world.

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Step Into Paradise is an evocative ride of fame, triumph, tragedy, riches, losses, determination, racism, rebellion, sexuality and heartbreak. It is a story of remarkable highs and deep lows, of women and love. A story of Australia, who we were and who we are today. A gloriously rich visual collage of emotion, art and kaleidoscopic colour. A walk into the dreams of Jenny and Linda. A step into paradise.

As part of the Know My Name partnership, ABC Arts will deliver a vibrant slate of original content across all ABC platforms to celebrate the work of all female artists and to enhance understanding of their contribution to Australia’s cultural life.

Production credits: A Blackfella Films Production. Director and Co-Writer, Amanda Blue. Producer, Darren Dale. Producer, Fran Moore. Co-Writer, Jacob Hickey. Associate Producer, Charlotte Mars.

Step Into Paradise airs Tuesday 12 October 8.30pm on ABC and iview

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